Negelected tropical disease meeting today, Sunday in Cambridge, Mass

Ever heard of Guinea Worm? Onchocerciasis? Schistosomiasis?Lymphatic

Probably not, since these tropical disease don’t get much attention outside
the tropics.

So, public health and biomedical researchers from around the globe will be
meeting this weekend in Cambridge, Massachusetts to discuss how to to eliminate

The meeting will focus on ideas and actions related to achieving the goals of
the WHO Global Plan to Combat Neglected Tropical
Diseases 2008-2015.

The organizers explain why they planned the meeting:

NTDs debilitate and dramatically reduce the
quality of life for more than one billion people living in developing countries
around the world. As a result, these diseases cause great suffering and obstruct
socioeconomic development in these countries. Eliminating these diseases will
require effective action and strong sustained global commitment. Effective
action can only come from a connected community of individuals in different
sectors and from many countries working closely together. The combined voice of
this community is essential to sustain global commitment over time. An open
international meeting dedicated to eliminating NTDs will
serve to nucleate this community and provide a podium from which its voice can
be heard.

More information here.

Among the speakers:

Joseph Ndung’u
Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND)

Peter Hotez
Sabin Vaccine Institute, The George Washington
Washington, DC, USA

Shyam Sundar
Banaras Hindu University
Varanasi, India

Luiz Jacintho da Silva
Dengue Vaccine Institute,
International Vaccine
Seoul, South Korea


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